Thursday, September 17, 2015

Book Review: "Immortal Obsession" (Denise K. Rago)

What happens when a centuries-old threat follows you from one continent to another and threatens to take from you what you love most?

Now you know what vampire Christian Du Maure is facing. In the modern world, he and his friend and fellow vampire Michel Baptiste own and operate a trendy bar where humans flock, hoping to be chosen as donors. One such donor, though, is more than he seems. When he gets himself killed and his sister Amanda is endangered by powers beyond her wildest imagination, Christian vows that he will keep her safe, no matter what happens.

The paranormal novel Immortal Obsession, by Denise K. Rago, is a compelling read, full of twists and turns and populated with a truly engrossing cast of characters ... vampires and humans, alike.

In something of the style of the vampires in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Rago's vampires, for the most part, are born and bred in France, lending them (even in the contemporary setting) an historic gallantry and mystery that makes them highly intriguing. Christian and Michel are as opposite as they might be in personality and personal tastes, and yet their camaraderie and closeness is obvious.

Meanwhile, Amanda and her hapless brother Ryan are equally three-dimensional and encourage both sympathy and concern as they face down the otherworldly powers-that-be against which they find themselves fighting. Amanda, who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is personable, inquisitive, and loyal to a fault, making her a worthy heroine.

A future edition of the work could stand a close proofread for repetitive words and phrases and the periodic error in grammar and punctuation. I was distracted a couple of times by instances of head-hopping (in which a scene is portrayed through the eyes of more than one character at a time) and found it difficult, at times, to follow the large cast of characters and keep track of all their different relationships with one another, especially among the vampires.

Nonetheless, Immortal Obsession was a read that I enjoyed very much and would recommend to anyone who prefers their suspense and thriller fiction laced with something paranormal.

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Author: Denise K. Rago
Title: Immortal Obsession
ISBN: 978-1-45287-753-2
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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